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Why is water beneficial for weight loss?

Drinking plenty of water is beneficial for weight loss for a couple of reasons. Staying hydrated can work as an appetite suppressant. It is difficult for the body to tell the difference between whether it is hungry or thirsty. In several studies performed by Dr. Brenda Davy from Virginia Tech, people who drink two glasses of water 30 minutes before a meal actually consumed an average of 75 fewer calories per meal and lost weight significantly more quickly than those who did not drink water before a meal. Water also helps your body's organs perform some of their required functions. If there is not enough water, the kidneys will actually delegate some of their filtering of toxins function to the liver. The liver is designed to help metabolize fat, if it now has extra work from the kidneys, it will let some of the fat slip through and it will not get burned up. Also, a loss of hydration can prevent you from exercising with an effective amount of intensity because the body is not able to adapt to dehydration and your circulatory functions will be impaired.

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